There are already 11 Autonomous Communities and three Spanish provinces declared officially by the EU as free from ovine and caprine brucellosis, and 10 Autonomous Communities and four provinces declared free of bovine brucellosis, after publication on 20th October, in the Official Journal of the European Union (DOUE), of Commission Implementing Decision 2017/1910 / EU, declaring the Autonomous Communities of La Rioja and Valencia and the provinces of Albacete, Cuenca and Guadalajara as officially free from ovine and caprine brucellosis. It also includes the declaration of the Autonomous Communities of Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia and Galicia and the province of Zamora, as officially free of bovine brucellosis.
According to Nufarm, the world leader in crop protection, the new Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) of Diclorprop-P for the whole citrus group was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 30th September (Regulation (EU ) of Commission 2017/1777). The new MRL set at 0.3 mg / kg includes oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruits.
During the 2016/2017 campaign, the brands ORANGE DE VALENCIA and MANDARINA DE VALENCIA, registered by the Regulatory Council IGP Cítricos Valencianos, have successfully paved the way in Spanish and European Distribution, through different Supermarket Chains. This positioning of its products in the line of sale has evidenced its good acceptance and the growing number of consumers seeking oranges and mandarins 100% Origen Valencia (Valencian Community) with superior qualities, and certified at all times with the IGP Cítricos Valencianos label .
The Member Associations of the Spanish Interprofessional Organization of Fruits and Vegetables, HORTIESPAÑA, consider it essential that normality be restored as soon as possible in Catalonia so that the sector under Spanish greenhouse does not continue to be affected by the independence movement, which has already caused delays in shipments, breaches with customers and an important 'damage' to the image of Spain as the origin of horticultural products under greenhouse coverage of this Organization.
The Socialist MEP and Vice-President of the Committee on Agriculture in the European Parliament, Clara Aguilera, has called on the European Commission to take urgent steps to halt the progress of Xylella fastidiosa, which is already affecting several countries in continental Europe, including Spain and more concretely to the regions of the Valencian Community and Baleares. Aguilera recalls that no administration should "evade its responsibility to stop the plague" and calls for compensation for affected producers.
In the following interview with ECA, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, addresses, among other things, the most urgent issues concerning the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); the need to seek effective remedies against unfair trade practices or to defend fairer conditions for European producers in trade association agreements with third countries in the EU.
The current crisis management regime of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is insufficient to address market crises and improve the competitiveness of producers in a free competition environment, as evidenced by the informal Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union, celebrated in Tallinn, Estonia, from 3th to 5th September.
Socialist MEP and deputy chairwoman of the parliamentary committee, Clara Aguilera has demanded that the notification procedure followed by EU countries for the activation of the rapid alert system for food and feed be revised. Along these lines, Aguilera advocated the need for greater harmonization and coordination between the food and health alert systems of the Community countries. A petition, which was raised during the session held on 31st August in the European Parliament and in which the European Commission was accountable to the members of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture on the protocols put in place to deal with the crisis of eggs contaminated with fipronil.
Community imports of vegetables from Morocco, Turkey and Egypt have experienced an unstoppable climb in recent years. A trend that has been reinforced in the first four months of 2017, compared to the same period of the previous year, with growth of 17% in the case of Morocco, 51% in Turkey and 20% in Egypt, according to the latest data updated by the Office of Statistics of the European Union (Eurostat), processed by FEPEX.
Verd Camp Fruits, associated with Grupo AGF since 2007, is the first European company to be certified in the calculation and verification of its water and carbon footprint for the cultivation of Fashion watermelon, being the first time a horticultural production company has evaluated sustainability and water and carbon efficiency in the cultivation of watermelon, in general, and Fashion watermelon, in particular.
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